Tag Archives: Latin

RED LETTER DAY IN WORLD HISTORY. The Gregorian Calendar First Used, This Day, 435-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and study here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adoption_of_the_Gregorian_calendar


Pope Gregory XIII papal bull ‘Inter gravissimas’ in its original Latin form.


English translation of the key paragraph from Inter gravissimas. From: myweb.ecu.edu


Pretty significant day. The Papal States, France, Poland and Spain adopted the revolutionary Gregorian calendar on Thursday, October 4, 1582 — the NEXT DAY then having become Friday, October 15, 1582. Pretty incredible. 10-days were just expunged. Gone. Poof. If your birthday fell between October 5 to October 14, you were out of luck in 1582. Your birthday vanished.

In reality the adoption of the calendar did not cause much of a stir. Much of the European population, at the time, were not that concerned about daily calendars. They went by the seasons and each day as it unfolded.

But, this was a BIG day. It demarcated history’s very timeline!


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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Of Britain, With My Friend, Father Anthony Churchill.

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This was taken in October 2012, the Cardinal (standing tall) on left.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormac_Murphy-O%27Connor


The Cardinal, aged 84, is ailing.

Two Facebook posts by Fr. Churchill
in the last ’24’ hours.

Click to ENLARGE and read here.


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I was fortunate to meet Fr. Churchill, online, c. 2010, when I was working on my Pope books.

Fr. Churchill, STL, extremely gracious, patient and KNOWLEDGABLE, helped me tremendously — always taking time to answer my questions, translate Latin for I (he is both a Latin and theological scholar) and providing me with amazing photographs from his frequent trips to Rome. Two of his pictures grace the covers of my ‘Next Pope‘ books.

Fr. Churchill currently is Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical Affairs, and Parish Priest of St Michael’s Ashtead, Surrey (U.K.)


Cover picture by Fr. Churchill.

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MY 2016 Christmas Greeting For YOU: “Dona Nobis Pacem” By David Coffin & Cambridge Revels.

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PLEASE listen, savor & enjoy.

A very old, traditional Latin choral hymn.

It means: “Grant Us Peace”.



YouTube has many, many more versions. Just search on
Dona Nobis Pacem“.


Pax.


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Yesterday Having Been “Gaudete Sunday” Per The Advent Calendar, Let Me Share With You “Gaudete” At Its Best.

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Think of this as one of my Christmas presents to YOU.

Rejoice.

Gaudete” the hymn was supposed to be sung in churches yesterday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

But, let me PLEASE share with YOU the BEST ever rendition of “Gaudete” — along with the lyrics in Latin and English.

This is ‘Maddy Prior‘ with ‘Steeleye Span‘ from the 1970s. I was (still am I guess) a ‘Steeleye Span‘ groupie. I have heard, live, Maddy perform this over 25 times!

So, without further ado, please sit back, turn the volume up, enjoy & REJOICE.


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Think – Today: Who Came Up With The Modern Fork?

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1024px-assorted_forksWe, in the west, typically use one on a daily basis. But, have you given IT, i.e., a fork, any thought. Obviously the Chinese opted for chopsticks rather than forks. So, when did the fork come to be and who invented it?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “The word ‘think'” — It, surprisingly, is not from Latin or Greek! The Latin for ‘think’, cogitare gave us ‘cogitate‘ — a word that I am particularly fond of. The Greek equivalent is nomízo. “Think” is from the German denken.


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Think – Today: How Many Stars Can You See, Naked Eye, In The Night Sky?

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starsintheskyThis, I hope, must have crossed your mind one night when looking up at the heavens in wonder. Appears to be a lot of stars up there — that you can see, naked eye. So how many do you think (in your hemisphere)?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Suffragette” comes from “suffrage” (which was old French) … directly from the Latinsuffragium” which referred to voting, ballots, the right to vote etc. “Suffer”, on the other hand, comes from Latin “sufferre” which denoted endure, undergo etc.


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Latin America Marks ‘Día Internacional del Orgasmo Femenino’ (International Day Of The Female Orgasm).

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Click here for the original from
“El País.com.com”.

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Click to ENLARGE and enjoy here. Use link above to access the Latin American original.


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It has Come (August 8, 2016) — Día Internacional del Orgasmo Femenino (International Day Of The Female Orgasm).

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Per Usual ‘Día Internacional del Orgasmo Femenino’ (International Day Of The Female Orgasm) Appeals More To ‘Latinos’.

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Click here for the original of this coverage
by Mexico’s “Pijama Surf“.

Click images to ENLARGE and enjoy here.

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This inspired ‘holiday’, alas, does NOT get the publicity garnered by the (much more ‘punchier’ sounding) “National Orgasm Day“. That is a shame.

This is a ‘holiday’ specifically for WOMEN.

As I too have pointed out (even more so in ‘THE book‘) this ‘holiday’, which was created in Brazil, in 2007, has to-date tended to be recognized in Latin American countries — liberal Norway the notable exception.

But WE really should do our best to try and change that.

So PLEASE make a concerted effort to celebrate this wonderful holiday on Monday.

 


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Pope Francis’ “The Joy Of Love” (Amoris Laetitia), re. Gays, Divorcees etc., In English, In Full (264 Pages).

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Click image to download, small (1 MB), virus-free, copy of the original Adobe PDF from the Vatican. Read first page below.


Click to ENLARGE and read first page of “Amoris Laetitia,” (The Joy of Love) here. As with 99% of Vatican document the title is the FIRST few words of the document, viz. “The joy of love ..” (Amoris Laetitia, in Latin).


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